This is the first ever PC I've built from scratch. This was built for one of my friends. My own PC will be built soon after the time of posting this, but for now I'll talk about my friend's build. My friend group at school is mainly PC gamers and they're mainly the reason why I'm transitioning from PS4 to PC.
The friend I built this for, we'll call him Z, was also transitioning into PC gaming, but from Xbox. Z owned a computer at the time, but it was an All-In-One from HP that ran Overwatch on 20 frames at the lowest possible settings. You gotta love Integrated Graphics. Since I told him about myself saving up and collecting parts to build my own gaming PC, he asked me for help on a machine that could handle Overwatch, Fallout 4, and Grand Theft Auto V. And thus, we got to working on Günther.
(I don't know why the hell he wanted it named Günther, but it's his PC, so I didn't bother.)
We started planning in May and we picked out the parts together. Since neither of us are adults with a job or functioning debit card, we had to rely on Z's parents supplying money and we bought the parts on Amazon through gift cards. He paid for one part a week, starting with the GPU and working his way down to less expensive parts.
The PC took five hours to build over the course of two days, not counting the time of setup and installation of drivers. We ran into a problem after the PC wouldn't turn on and it eventually lead to us disconnecting all the cables from the motherboard and reconnecting them all over again. The fact that the PSU cables were not modular made it even more difficult. Eventually, we found that the problem was the 24-pin connector, which wasn't plugged in all the way. We could've gotten a noise complaint from how loud we were screaming when the PC actually turned on. We felt like mad scientists who managed to reanimate a corpse.
The build isn't at all perfect. I'm only proud that I put together a rig that actually worked after eight plus hours of frustrating troubleshooting. I was left too tired to manage the cables or do any handywork. Besides, Z wanted a PC that worked and that could handle his games at 60 frames with ultra settings. I managed to deliver.
Special thanks to Z! He was my guinea pig for what it'll be like building PCs in the future. He sat with me through eight plus hours of building, installing, and troubleshooting, and now he has Labor Day Weekend to binge video games. Hoorah.
It can handle 1080p YouTube videos like a dream and we managed to overclock it to 4.2 GHz with stable temps under the stock cooler. Perfect CPU for a budget build of any kind.
You get what you pay for, and at $50, you pay for a MoBo with cut corners. No USB 3.0 headers and only one case fan header. You have the bare essentials and not much else. It is a really good board for overclocking the G3258, though.
Works as advertised. You really can't write an elaborate judgment on RAM. It either works or it doesn't. Perfect budget RAM alongside Crucial sticks.
Had no problems with it. Installation was fairly easy and Z has 993 GB at his leisure.
Ran Overwatch at 60-80 frames on Ultra settings. Settings were tweaked in-game and framerates took some dips below 60 on Epic settings (probably due to setting AA all the way up), but Ultra was satisfying enough for Z.
A good case for $30. Build quality is pretty impressive for the price point, but you'll run into some problems if you're putting a non-modular PSU inside of it. There is absolutely no room for the cables to be routed behind the motherboard unless they're super thin. We got this case because the PC was to be put under Z's desk. There was no point in a side panel window.
Functionality wise, this PSU is perfect. The non-modular cables are why I have a love-hate relationship with it. They are an absolute pain to work with. The clips also used to lock the pins in their sockets hurt your thumbs if it is needed to be removed. YMMV if this is a good or bad thing, but in my case, it sucked.
Works as advertised. Z's house is pretty noisy, so I don't think he'll complain about fan noise if there's any.
Perfect fit on Z's desk. We bought this monitor refurbished and it came to us without any problems.